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Every weekday, Tracy K. Smith delivers a different way to see the world – through poetry. Produced in partnership with the Poetry Foundation.
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October 16, 2019
233: On the D Train
Today's poem is On the D Train by Jacqueline Johnson.
October 15, 2019
232: My Embodiment
Today's poem is My Embodiment by Craig Morgan Teicher.
October 14, 2019
231: My Grandmother's Love Letters
Today's poem is My Grandmother's Love Letters by Hart Crane.
October 11, 2019
230: My Mother of Invention
Today's poem is My Mother of Invention by Michael Collier.
October 10, 2019
Today's poem is Pig by Henri Cole.
October 9, 2019
Today's poem is Hair by Clarence Major.
October 8, 2019
227: Club Icarus
Note: This poem contains an instance of explicit language. Today's poem is Club Icarus by Matt Miller. This episode features guest host Brenda Shaughnessy; Tracy K. Smith returns this week.
October 7, 2019
226: No War
Note: This poem contains an instance of explicit language. Today's poem is No War by Mariam Fayez. This episode features guest host Tina Chang; Tracy K. Smith returns this week.
October 4, 2019
225: The Government Has Been Canceled
Today's poem is The Government Has Been Canceled by Maya Catherine Popa.
October 3, 2019
224: Birthday Poem
Today's poem is Birthday Poem by Paisley Rekdal.
October 2, 2019
223: sorrows by Lucille Clifton
Today's poem is sorrows by Lucille Clifton.
October 1, 2019
222: The opposite of the ocean is no ocean.
Today's poem is The opposite of the ocean is no ocean. by Cathy Linh Che.
September 30, 2019
221: enough food and a mom
Today's poem is enough food and a mom by Francine J. Harris.
September 27, 2019
220: Through a Glass though Which We Cannot See
Today's poem is Through a Glass though Which We Cannot See by Lo Kwa Mei-en. This episode features guest host Brenda Shaughnessy.
September 26, 2019
Today's poem is Personals by C.D. Wright. This episode features guest host Brenda Shaughnessy.
September 25, 2019
Today's poem is Enough by Suzanne Buffam. This episode features guest host Brenda Shaughnessy.
September 24, 2019
217: Essay on Wood
Today's poem is Essay on Wood by James Richardson. This episode features guest host Brenda Shaughnessy.
September 23, 2019
216: The Wooden Overcoat
Today's poem is The Wooden Overcoat by Rick Barot. This episode features guest host Brenda Shaughnessy.
September 20, 2019
215: Even The Rain
Today's poem is Even The Rain by Agha Shahid Ali.
September 19, 2019
214: The Barbarians Are Coming
Today's poem is The Barbarians Are Coming by Marilyn Chin. This episode features guest host Tina Chang.
September 18, 2019
Today's poem is Closure by Paul Tran.
September 17, 2019
Today's poem is Drip by Quenton Baker.
September 16, 2019
211: One Is One
Today's poem is One Is One by Marie Ponsot.
September 13, 2019
Today's poem is Anemoia by Keetje Kuipers. This episode features guest host Tina Chang.
September 12, 2019
Today's poem is Discovery by Natalie Scenters-Zapico. This episode features guest host Tina Chang.
September 11, 2019
Today's poem is Killdeer by Nick Flynn. This episode features guest host Tina Chang.
September 10, 2019
207: Parable for Refugees
Today's poem is Parable for Refugees by Ladan Osman. This episode features guest host Tina Chang.
September 9, 2019
Today's poem is Marriage by Sarah Gambito. This episode features guest host Tina Chang.
September 6, 2019
205: Music from Childhood
Today's poem is Music from Childhood by John Yau.
September 5, 2019
204: Remember What I Came Here to Do to This World Very Little Actually
Today's poem is Remember What I Came Here to Do to This World Very Little Actually by Alice Notley.
September 4, 2019
203: Sister as Moving Object
Today's poem is Sister as Moving Object by Jan Beatty.
September 3, 2019
Today's poem is Losers by Jay Bernard.
September 2, 2019
201: Freeway 280
Today's poem is Freeway 280 by Lorna Dee Cervantes.
August 30, 2019
200: Left to ask
Today's poem is Left to ask by Michael Klein.
August 29, 2019
199: Small Kindnesses
Today's poem is Small Kindnesses by Danusha Lameris.
August 28, 2019
198: Night Work
Today's poem is Night Work by Ed Bok Lee.
August 27, 2019
197: Tornado Child
Today's poem is Tornado Child by Kwame Dawes.
August 26, 2019
Today's poem is Bargain by Andrea Cohen.
August 23, 2019
Today's poem is Update by Amy Gerstler.
August 22, 2019
194: A world's too little for thy tent, a grave too big for me
Today's poem is A world's too little for thy tent, a grave too big for me by Connie Voisine.
August 21, 2019
193: Winter Trees
Today's poem is Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams.
August 20, 2019
192: The Death of an Elephant
Today's poem is The Death of an Elephant by Gianfranco Pagnucci.
August 19, 2019
191: Staying Alive
Today's poem is Staying Alive by David Wagoner.
August 16, 2019
190: World Word by Eamon Grennan
Today's poem is World Word by Eamon Grennan.
August 15, 2019
189: Old Farmer
Today's poem is Old Farmer by Vievee Francis.
August 14, 2019
Today's poem is Failure by Eugene Gloria.
August 13, 2019
187: Summary of Fifteen Years
Today's poem is Summary of Fifteen Years by Suzanne Cleary.
August 12, 2019
186: Directions To Finding You, Or Maybe Just An Inferior Prayer
Today's poem is Directions To Finding You, Or Maybe Just An Inferior Prayer by Angel Nafis.
August 9, 2019
Today's poem is Hit.
August 8, 2019
Today's poem is Heirloom by Lauren Clark.
August 7, 2019
183: A Room at Last
Today's poem is A Room at Last by Ko Un.
August 6, 2019
182: Writing a Poem
Today's poem is Writing a Poem by Shirley Geok-lin Lim.
August 5, 2019
181: Three Foxes by the Edge of the Field at Twilight
Today's poem is Three Foxes by the Edge of the Field at Twilight by Jane Hirshfield.
August 2, 2019
180: Evening Sun
Today's poem is Evening Sun by Jane Kenyon.
August 1, 2019
179: Using A Hula Hoop Can Get You Abducted By Aliens
Today's poem is Using A Hula Hoop Can Get You Abducted By Aliens by Matthea Harvey.
July 31, 2019
Today's poem is God by Marsha de la O.
July 30, 2019
177: Mammogram Call Back with Ultra Sound
Today's poem is Mammogram Call Back with Ultra Sound by Ellen Bass.
July 29, 2019
176: The Boatman
Today's poem is The Boatman by Carolyn ForchÃ©.
July 26, 2019
175: Immigrant Can't Write Poetry
Today's poem is Immigrant Can't Write Poetry by Wang Ping.
July 25, 2019
Today's poem is Casa by Rigoberto Gonzalez.
July 24, 2019
173: Strong Men, Riding Horses
Today's poem is Strong Men, Riding Horses by Tishani Doshi.
July 23, 2019
172: Poem for Passengers
Today's poem is Poem for Passengers by Matthew Zapruder.
July 22, 2019
171: Spring Morning
Today's poem is Spring Morning by A.A. Milne.
July 19, 2019
Today's poem is Dantalion by Jeffrey Thomson.
July 18, 2019
Today's poem is Haiku by Etheridge Knight.
July 17, 2019
168: What Does It Say
Today's poem is What Does It Say by Tess Gallagher.
July 16, 2019
Today's poem is Material by Sarah Rose Nordgren.
July 15, 2019
166: Variations in Blue
Today's poem is Variations in Blue by Lauren K. Alleyne.
July 12, 2019
165: This Is Not a Small Voice
Today's poem is This Is Not a Small Voice by Sonia Sanchez.
July 11, 2019
Today's poem is Silence by Marianne Moore.
July 10, 2019
163: A Small Needful Fact
Today's poem is A Small Needful Fact by Ross Gay.
July 9, 2019
162: Our Valley
Today's poem is Our Valley by Philip Levine.
July 8, 2019
161: [as freedom is a breakfastfood]
Today's poem is [as freedom is a breakfastfood] by e.e. cummings.
July 5, 2019
160: Courtyard Fire
Today's poem is Courtyard Fire by Arthur Sze.
July 4, 2019
159: from here i saw what happened and i cried
Today's poem is from here i saw what happened and i cried by t'ai freedom ford.
July 3, 2019
158: In prison
Today's poem is In prison by Jean Valentine.
July 2, 2019
157: To the Woman at the United Airlines Check-in Desk at Newark
Today's poem is To the Woman at the United Airlines Check-in Desk at Newark by Nick Laird.
July 1, 2019
156: after the reading
Today's poem is after the reading by Lucille Clifton.
June 28, 2019
155: Borderline Mambo
Today's poem is Borderline Mambo by Rita Dove.
June 27, 2019
154: No Apology: A Poemifesto
Today's poem is No Apology: A Poemifesto by Carmen GimÃ©nez Smith.
June 26, 2019
153: The Heaven of Animals
Today's poem is The Heaven of Animals by James Dickey.
June 25, 2019
152: Europa Nostra
Today's poem is Europa Nostra by Nathalie Handal.
June 24, 2019
151: The Fitting
Today's poem is The Fitting by Edna St. Vincent Millay.
June 21, 2019
150: On Time
Today's poem is On Time by John Milton.
June 20, 2019
149: Red Rover
Today's poem is Red Rover by Claire Wahmanholm.
June 19, 2019
148: The Clam
Today's poem is The Clam by Keith Leonard.
June 18, 2019
Today's poem is Changeling by Hieu Minh Nguyen.
June 17, 2019
146: The White Fires of Venus
Today's poem is The White Fires of Venus by Denis Johnson.
June 14, 2019
145: Mighty Pawns
Today's poem is Mighty Pawns by Major Jackson.
June 13, 2019
144: The Preacher Addresses the Seminarians
Note: This poem contains an instance of explicit language. Today's poem is The Preacher Addresses the Seminarians by Christian Wiman.
June 12, 2019
143: Untitled Poem
Today's poem is Untitled Poem by Sesshu Foster.
June 11, 2019
Today's poem is Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
June 10, 2019
Today's poem is Ego by Denise Duhamel.
June 7, 2019
140: To the Thawing Wind
Today's poem is To the Thawing Wind by Robert Frost.
June 6, 2019
139: Christmas Eve: My Mother Dressing
Today's poem is Christmas Eve: My Mother Dressing by Toi Derricotte.
June 5, 2019
138: Still Life with Aspirin
Today's poem is Still Life with Aspirin by Lucie Brock-Broido.
June 4, 2019
137: What Kind of Times Are These
Today's poem is What Kind of Times Are These by Adrienne Rich.
June 3, 2019
136: Where There Were Steep Riverbanks
Today's poem is Where There Were Steep Riverbanks by Circe Maia.
May 31, 2019
Today's poem is Circe by H.D.
May 30, 2019
Today's poem is Beehive by Jean Toomer.
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